President Trump and the executive committee of the Congressional Black Caucus will meet Wednesday morning, the White House and the office of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., confirmed.
The White House made reference to the meeting in an e-mail sent to the media Tuesday night. The office of U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, could not be reached late Tuesday.
The announcement comes as the president navigates the first few weeks of a presidency marked by a fractured relationship with people of color, who have questioned the amount of time it took Trump to denounce supporter David Duke, former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Many have also criticized the president’s pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for what they characterize as his weak support for voting rights and alleged police misconduct.
In early March, however, Sessions reached out to NAACP president Cornell William Brooks and National Urban League president Marc Morial and had conversations with both, briefly discussing their views and hopes.
Wednesday’s meeting would include Richmond and five members of the CBC’s executive committee, Lewis chief of staff Michael Collins said.
The meeting came about at the invitation of Trump and the group is expected to discuss criminal justice reform, the proposed budget, education and health, the Washington Post reported.
“I decided to accept the president’s meeting request because there is no one around him who can provide the perspective and expertise that the CBC can provide,” Richmond told the Post in a statement. “I hope the president leaves the meeting with a better understanding of the challenges African Americans face, and how racism and discrimination in this country helped create those challenges.”
Source: USA Today | Melanie Eversley